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3 reasons why crossing your legs while sitting is adverse for your health

The action of crossing your legs while sitting has different health repercussions. However, you can reduce the three problems presented here using Cordus and Sacrus.

Reason 1. Chronic spinal diseases 

Crossing the legs causes a pelvic imbalance. Then, the spine becomes misaligned and adopts a curved posture, and the muscle tension boosts. Contractures can develop in the deep muscles of the sacrum and lumbar spine if this position is recurrent daily. Over time, these contractures develop into herniated discs in the lumbar area and the appearance of sciatica, scoliosis, knee problems, and pelvic organ problems, among others.

Serious back problems develop silently, so if you usually sit with your legs crossed, you should think about it.

For specialists, rectifying the position of the sacrum and decontracting the deep lumbar musculature is not an easy job and may require several sessions, and to be performed periodically. The option you can do without leaving home is using Cordus and Sacrus orthopedic tools.

Reason 2: Varicose veins and problems with blood circulation in legs 

Sitting with legs crossed can cause Chronic Venous Insufficiency Movement and physical activity promote venous return, while a sedentary lifestyle and inactivity do not stimulate circulation.

Against this, the best therapy is exercising: walking, running, swimming, or cycling, always according to your physical possibilities, but you must exercise regularly to promote circulation and maintain a healthy diet.

Reason 3. Paralysis of the common peroneal nerve

You can locate this nerve behind the knee. Sometimes, when you stay a long time with your legs crossed, you can end up with numb legs or feet.  This happens because such a posture can put pressure on this nerve and cause the sensation of numbness in the lower extremities.

How do we avoid these repercussions? The most obvious answer is not to cross your legs, however, it is also recommended:

Sit in a chair with a back, so that your entire back is supported and you can stand as straight as possible.

Avoid sitting on the edge of the chair, so it will be easier to rest your back on the backrest and your legs can rest on the whole seat.

Use footrests: the minimum elevation they provide is sufficient for the legs to rest and thus avoid the action of crossing the legs.

However, in case you already feel some pain or it is impossible to change this habit, the constant use of Cordus and Sacrus is recommended. And start with gentle physical activity such as Pilates, stretching, yoga, and other exercises that strengthen the affected musculature, help to retrain those bad postures, and teach movement patterns and habits that will make our life healthier.

The application of Cordus eliminates accumulated contractures in the lumbar area and recovers the natural space between the vertebrae so that the intervertebral discs take their place and regain their volume to eliminate the cause of herniated discs and sciatic pain. 

The application of Sacrus in the sacral area corrects the alignment of the entire spinal axis, from the base of the skull to the lowest part of the back: the sacrum and coccyx.

The Cordus and Sacrus team wishes you a speedy recovery.